This is what $25,000 buys you. Not the lot, just permission to build.
Early Wednesday morning I was relaxing by the pool, drinking my coffee, and feeling really entitled as my FIRST Social Security check had just been deposited in my bank account. Phone rings, and its Oscar, my foundation contractor. He has had a cancellation and he has a crew with nothing to do today. Can he start my project in an hour? Sure, I said. My retirement lasted 7 minutes. I went upstairs and woke up Judy who was sound asleep. We had to get to the lot!
Judy likes to document everything. She made Oscar’s foreman, Rene, nervous by taking pictures of him working.
The company we used to dig the foundation trenches was Hernandez from Orosi. They were very courteous, hard-working men who took their job very seriously. Here they are with Stan!
They measured and remeasured and used geometry to make sure the trenches were in the right place on the lot. I will definitely tell my students that you have to use math to dig holes.
They worked very hard!
Rene, the foreman even discussed the plans with Stan. They were very conscientious.
The trencher is doing its work. We are so glad that we had them dig the plumbing lines as well as the foundation lines.
At the end of the day, the forms were up and the footings dug, and the “Caution”signs were stretched across the lot. We started the day with a flat, smooth, hard-packed lot. Now there are trenches all over the place!
Then Stan insisted we had to go to Visalia to buy sewer pipe tonight. Inside plumbing is important these days.
I think he was just excited to get going tomorrow morning early. This is what we have been driving around town for the last week. What a sight we have been!
When Stan talked about doing the plumbing all he told me that it was gluing plastic pipe together. I couldn’t figure out why he said we would need at least a week to do the plumbing – just to glue plastic pipe together?
Then the truth came out. The trenches had to be “cleaned out” and taken down to the depth needed for that particular pipe.
So he put me to work! He told me I should read the book “Holes” to my students so they could understand. My outfit is quite a fashion statement – don’t you think?
Stan studied the huge “Lego” pieces envisioning where he would put each piece in the trenches. He also measured and remeasured as he put the pieces together.
Then they were assembled together in the different trenches. Stan can tell you what part of the house is what just by looking at the plumbing.
Then, after the pipe is in the ground you have to wrap it up with a styrofoam type material so that when the cement is poured it won’t crack the plumbing pipes. We finally got smart and started wrapping the pipe before gluing it in the trench.
After working for a week plus, this is what it looked like.
We tested the plumbing by putting water in the pipes to see if they leak. No leaks!! Yeah!! So if the inspector signs it off tomorrow, guess what the next step is? That’s right – filling up the trenches! More digging…..